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Team News: Pools v Portsmouth

28 April 2016

We take a look at the latest info from both camps ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Portsmouth at Victoria Park (3pm kick-off).

Billy Paynter could be back in contention to face Portsmouth on Saturday after the striker returned to training following his hamstring injury.

The skipper has missed the last five games with the problem but is determined to play some part before the end of the season and could feature against Pompey this weekend.

Scott Harrison is definitely out after undergoing surgery on his metatarsal fracture and young keeper Peter Denton is out for the season after a knee operation but Harry Worley is back in training.

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook has mounting injury problems to contend with at Fratton Park which is testing the strength in depth of his squad as they look to achieve promotion to League Two.

Pompey are already guaranteed a play-off spot but keeper Paul Jones became the latest injury victim when he was forced with a thigh problem at half time in their midweek win at AFC Wimbledon.

Jones joins fellow keeper Ryan Fulton, defenders Jack Whatmough and Matt Clarke, winger Kyle Bennett and strikers Conor Chaplin, Marc McNulty and Conor Wilkinson in the treatment room.

Cook will have to run the rule over all of those injured players before deciding whether any of them are fit enough to make the long trip to the north-east this weekend.

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